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Supplementary Conference Information

Student Paper Prize

Following on from its introduction in MFPT 2012, we are again awarding a prize for the Best Student Paper, selected from all those submitted for publication in the 2015 MFPT hard-bound proceedings.  Students can be at BS, MS or PhD levels, and papers will be judged on originality and quality of technical content, and the clarity and quality of both the written paper and the oral presentation at the Conference.  A runner-up prize of $250 courtesy of BINDT will be offered and the winning paper will receive a $500 prize courtesy of SpectraQuest, Inc.

Two Hands-on MFPT Workshops

Building on the successes from MFPT 2012 to 2014, we shall be holding two hands-on workshops on the morning and afternoon of Monday 11 May 15 repsectively (the day before the main Conference starts).  The workshops are $250 each, or you can sign up for both workshops for only $400 (a saving of $100)!

Rotating Machinery Hands-On Diagnostic Lab: Morning, 08:30 to 12:00 hrs.  The morning workshop, led by Dr Fred Discenzo and similar in content to the 2012, 13, 14 workhops, will cover basic practical issues and techniques for data acquisition, signal processing, and data analysis.  Workshop attendees will be assigned a laptop computer workstation with MATLAB installed linked to a motor that will generate 'good' and 'faulty' data for them to acquire, process and analyze as part of the workshop exercise (see further details here).  Conference attendees can register for this workshop for a fee of $250 when they make their MFPT 2015 registration.

Workshop on Practical Signal Processing: Afternoon, 13:30 to 17:00 hrs.  The afternoon workshop, presented by Dr Thomas Lagö, will make an excellent complement to the morning workshop by taking a closer look at how to ensure that your real-life condition monitoring deductions are correct.  The workshop will examine the assumptions made about sensors, sampling, data acquisition units, algorithms and other factors using the same laptop workstations and MATLAB software used in the morning workshop (see further details here).  Conference attendees can register for this workshop for a fee of $250 when they make their MFPT 2015 registration.

Spouses' Event, Tuesday 12 May, 8:30 am to 5 pm

Tour of Jack Daniel's Distillery with Lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant, Lynchburg, Tennessee

The Jack Daniel's Distillery in Lynchburg is situated in and around a hollow known as "Stillhouse Hollow" or "Jack Daniel's Hollow", where a spring flows from a cave at the base of a limestone cliff. The limestone removes iron from the water, making it ideal for distilling whiskey (water heavy in iron gives whiskey a bad taste).  The spring feeds into nearby East Fork Mulberry Creek, which is part of the Elk River watershed.  Some 1.9 million barrels containing the aging whiskey are stored in several dozen barrel houses, some of which adorn the adjacent hilltops and are visible throughout Lynchburg.  The distillery is a major tourist attraction, drawing over a quarter of a million visitors annually.  The visitor center, dedicated in June 2000, contains memorabilia related to the distillery and a gift shop.

Miss Mary Bobo's is in its hundredth year of operation.  Listed in the national register of historic places. Originally built in 1867 over a natural spring and was used as a traveler's hotel.  Originally known as 'salmon house' by Mr E.Y. Salmon.  After he retired in 1908, jack and Mary Bobo purchased it and changed its name to Bobo Hotel. Miss Mary operated the boarding house until her death in 1983.  Open to all spouses of IIS and MFPT conference registrants.

Attendees can sign their spouses up for the tour as part of their registration - cost for the tour will payable on meeting up with the tour group at The Westin on the Tuesday morning.
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